During the Food Network’s NYC Wine & Food Festival last week, AOL Huffington Post Media Group hosted a retreat at the Dream Downtown Hotel with events and activities for both children and adults emphasizing a healthier, happier, more balanced lifestyle.

Since I can always use more balance, we stopped in Sunday afternoon for story time with Arianna Huffington herself,  just as she began addressing the crowd.  As to not disturb the reading (and make a quick getaway if we needed to), we sat down by the exit. It’s always a crapshoot bringing Sebastian to events full of people. If he’s in a bad mood, he’ll demand we “GO!” immediately. But when I motioned for him to be quiet and pointed to the book Ms. Huffington was about to read, he hopped off my lap, casually made his way through the sea of eager children, and planted himself right in Ms. Huffington’s lap, much to everyone’s delight:

[skip to the 1-minute mark for Bubba’s HuffPo debut]

I won’t lie, I had tears in my eyes the entire time and kept exchanging looks of astonishment with Leo. What can I say about this kid?  He’s truly an original.


{I was not compensated for this post. You know HuffPo doesn’t pay bloggers.}


  1. That is AWESOME!

  2. So cute! Love it!

  3. Amber
    Twitter: natertotblog

    This is ridiculously cute and cool that Sebastian got right in there are sat on her lap. Love it!

  4. So cute! Keep an eye on him. Seems he like older women! ;)

  5. PRICELESS…that is all I can say….truly priceless.

  6. That is awesome!

  7. Come on! Love it!

  8. Dying! Cannot wait for the day when he can see this and love it too!

  9. He’s not a shy boy for sure. Go Sebastian!

  10. Hanan
    Twitter: lilaccitymomma

    That is so cool! He is such a cutie!!

  11. OMG!!!!! That is way too funny!!! Kids (esp. toddlers) have NO boundaries – and it’s hysterical!!! I love it! And I bet she did too. Sebastian is such a doll!

  12. That. Is. Awesome.

  13. OMG how adorable!!!

  14. Optimistic Mom
    Twitter: anoptimisticmom

    How exciting! It is always a little scary when you take your child somewhere and not sure how they will respond. Some days are good and some not so good. Glad it was a good day for you and him. ;)
    The pics are beautiful.

  15. What a great moment for Sebastian! :)

  16. I can’t even believe it. That’s the cutest thing!

  17. You son is destined for great things! He made his own way up there! I would not know what to do if that happened to me. He was the perfect kid! Love his sweater.

  18. Tiffany
    Twitter: TiffsBreakfast

    Awww that is just so sweet! =)

  19. So cute! Arianna looks pretty comfy with S.

  20. This is seriously beyond cute.



  22. Kerri
    Twitter: SavvyMomNYC

    Looks like he had a lot of fun!

  23. You are so funny. And Sebastian is just too adorable! Great seeing you yesterday…miss you already!

  24. OMG! I love it! Sebastian is going to be famous, Jill. And he’s gonna make you famous in the process. So super cute! I would have been cracking up!

    And that disclaimer — CLASSIC! (and true).

  25. Your son is adorable, looks like a fab time! xoxo

  26. I had tears in my eyes too – what an incredible kid you have there!

  27. Charlotte
    Twitter: MyPixieBlog

    What a sweet boy he is, Jill. And she looks like she was taken with him, too :)

  28. Brave and ballsy and so much fun to be around like his mama. You done good.


  1. […] DJ Lance and Arianna Huffington, Leo and I are going to have to step up our bedtime story […]

Leave a Comment